•Commend Bello on development
By Ben Adoga
In an apparent twist of stance, the Coalition of FCT Indigenous Youths Associations, the umbrella body of all the indigenous youth organisations, have come out to commend the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, over what they described as “impactful leadership” exemplified by the Minister.
The group had before now mounted myriads of criticisms on social media platforms to showcase the purported poor performance of the FCT Administration under the leadership of Malam Muhammad Bello.
However, the group in a press statement signed by its spokesperson, Comrade Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf aka Buhu Burkunu, stated that “this commendation by the indigenous people’s mouthpiece is not a back slide or twist of action against the usual criticisms often raised by the umbrella body when the need arises.”
The statement also stated that “the criticism was an affirmation of our democratic position of being the dispenser of unbiased checks between the government and the governed as allowed by the constitution of Nigeria. However, driven on the heels of this reality, the Coalition will not fail to recognize and rain accolades in the midst of criticisms on the Minister of the FCT in certain areas of excellence achieved by his administration since assuming office.
“We applaud the current leadership of Mal. Muhammad Musa Bello. No doubt, it has displayed some high level of administrative astuteness and sense of responsibility using tact and wisdom in tackling a myriad of prevailing challenges faced by the natives.”
While citing some of the achievements recorded by the Bello led FCT Administration, Yusuf noted that the Gosa Market dispute resolution, prompt intervention by nominating an indigene to a supervisory role and recruitment of indigenes into various government agencies are worthy of commendations.
The statement further stated, “The Minister on assumption of duty in 2015, immediately took up the responsibility of ensuring that personnel welfare issues became a priority, as he believed this would enhance productivity and smooth efficient delivery of duties among workers; workers’ salaries are now timely paid and at when due.
The group called on the minister to sustain this policy of appointments and promotions based on merit and seniority, especially as it pertains the indigenes who are duly qualified for these positions, just as he tasked the minister to address the issue of unemployment of suitably qualified indigenous youths in various agencies of the Administration.